COVID-19 Information and Access Strategy

COVID-19 Officer - Gary Vaughan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HQ Access

Firstly, do not visit the HQ if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection.

The HQ is available for a limitted number of bookings for overnight stays. Camping and motorhomes will be available without booking. Those staying outside the HQ will be able to make full use of the shared facilities. The changing rooms and showers are now open for use by day cavers, whether members or non-members. Residents and campers must sign in using the hut sheets in no.8 lobby.

SWCC has a responsibility under the Welsh Government Test Trace Protect strategy. On arrival at the HQ:

  • Day visitors must sign-in using the Visitor Book (porch No. 3)
  • Permit Holders/Trip Leaders must complete the SWCC Cave Key User Log Sheet (porch No. 3)

Both of these are located in the wooden box as shown below.


Please take personal responsibility for maintaining cleanliness of all shared facilities. In particular, users must clean the toilets and basins before and after use using the cleaning materials provided. Do not put any wipes down the toilet as they will compromise the operation of the septic tank.

Whilst at the HQ, maintain social distancing wherever possible. In areas such as corridors and changing rooms where this is not possible, we strongly advise the use of a face mask. For areas where use of a mask is not possible (showers), please keep occupancy to a sensible minimum. Please keep socialising groups to a maximum of 6 persons from a maximum of 6 households. We recommend no more than 4 persons in the kitchen at any one time. 

Please use the whiteboard in no.3 porch to note your trip destination while caving. This offers a method for others to minimise the risk of meeting while caving.

Following your visit to the HQ and/or OFD, please make known to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. details of any suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.


Caving in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu and Cave Key Access

The system for issuing keys to OFD and recording trips is now very different.

Permits can be obtained in the usual way by completing the Application Form or by emailing the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prior to making your trip, you must read the Interim Access Guidelines and Procedures for OFD.

The main changes to the system are:

  • There is no callout system available at SWCC. You will need to arrange your own callout for your party!
  • Keys will be collected from the porch of Cottage No 3 as there is no Duty Officer.
  • SWCC Cave Key Log sheets must be filled in clearly and accurately as they form part of the Test Trace Protect strategy.


Risk Assessments and Other Documentation

Supply of Caves Keys at the HQ Risk Assessment